AN INDENTATION IS ALSO A WHERE
fires in the interior once gave ash
that stormed over mountains.
a glyph of troubled carbon …. vicarious
on the wide green leaf of a sunflower
proved there was no defence for a july
of bleak material. back then ….definitions
parsed moments of our falling into them
until even a single demand was atrophied.
all we wanted from that decade seemed
less than a continual helix of activity and
no recombining of probable nouns could
accompany the work of our prophets.
we had to read the proper signals left
in our burnt-out basements and cup pond
water between our eyelids to know the
length and breadth their visions made for us.
someone maintained that acceptance was a
noble right and deferential act of truth-telling
like the black stripes on a bee’s back.
when he covets pollen …. there is an afterwards
in his movements too.
STUART IAN MCKAY lives in Calgary. His second book of poetry a cognate of prayer was published by Passwords Enterprises, a small Calgary press, in 2013. His poem “an indention is also a where” is from a work in progress.